Most of us in the healthcare field chose this career path to be able to make a difference in the lives of others,” explains Operation Sight volunteer Michael Donahoe, MD of the Ophthalmology Consultants in St. Louis, Missouri.
A passionate advocate for charitable eye care, Dr. Donahoe started his journey as a sight-giver with his first surgery day in the spring of 2012. Dr. Donahoe explains “Many of these cases can be complex and challenging even for the most accomplished surgeon. In addition, the social situation for many of these patients is less than ideal to say the least. However, these obstacles only amplify the awesome feeling we gain from this program. It's not very often in our private practices that we get to watch tears of joy overcome our patients as they are wheeled out of the O.R. This is truly life changing for them!”
Dr. Donahoe began working with the ASCRS Foundation’s Operation Sight program directly just two years ago when he encountered the program in an EyeWorld article. Partnering with Operation Sight has given his team the tools they need to continue to build on the legacy of service he has been providing.
As Dr. Donahoe puts it – providing charitable eye care to those most in need is “a true reminder of why we do what we do.”
Operation Sight is the ASCRS Foundation's U.S.-based charitable cataract surgery program. It involves a nationwide network of ASCRS surgeons and ophthalmic staff who provide care to those unable to access or afford cataract surgery on their own. Since its launch in late 2014, Operation Sight has delivered over 3,800 free surgeries.
The ASCRS Foundation is less than a month out from its 4th annual National Sight Week initiative, October 20-26, where the goal is to complete as many charitable cataract surgeries as possible. There is no minimum number of cases required to participate - our goal is simply to increase the availability of charitable cataract surgery at the local level through access to volunteer surgeons nationwide.
Interested in learning how your practice can get involved in time for National Sight Week? Contact Evelyn Morales at the ASCRS Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ascrsfoundation.org/nationalsightweek for more information.